The 2018/2019 winter ski season was an absolute blast in terms of music, dance, and general festival mayhem. We’ve picked out our top five favourite winter ski festivals in France that we’re looking forward to in the 2019/2020 season.
If you’ve never been to any winter ski festivals in France before, fear not! It’s basically music on a mountain, and it’s often a lot of fun. Every year, we make arrangements with some of the festival hosts to get access to tickets for WeSki customers. We’ve included festival dates where we possible. If you’d like to add tickets to your next WeSki trip, just let us know.
TomorrowlandWinter Festival 2020
Tomorrowland is a family of festivals that just keeps on giving. Dispensing the best electronic dance music (EDM), plus dubstep, drum & bass, trance, and hardstyle, the festival spans two weekends and is one of the largest and most popular festivals in the world.
For 15 years Tomorrowland has delivered magical music shows, hosting festival goers in their own campsite, Dreamville. Since 2009, the festival has introduced a theme for each year. To name a few, we’ve had “Sun” in 2010, “The Arising of Life” in 2013, and “The Story of Planaxis” in 2018. The 2019 theme is “The Book of Wisdom: The Return” and the event takes place this July.
Located in Boom, Belgium, the festival regularly sells out in minutes and amasses hundreds of thousands of music lovers. Alongside TomorrowlandWinter, there is also TomorrowlandWorld, which has been taking place in Georgia, USA since 2013. TomorrowlandBrazil was also held in São Paulo, Brazil in July 2014 and April 2015.
The stage design is never anything short of spectacular, as are the performers. Check out the festival archives or immerse yourself in their 23 minute-long 2018 Tomorrowland Official After Movie. It’s pretty mesmerising, even if you’re not a fan of EDM.
Where is the TomorrowlandWinter Festival Held?
L’Alpe d’Huez in France is the host of Tomorrowland Winter. The first edition took place in March earlier this year and featured top DJs like Nervo and Kölsch, Charlotte de Witte, &ME, Afrojack, Solardo, Claptone, Paul Kalkbrenner, Amin van Buuren, and Martin Garrix.
30,000 people attended, and the festival theme was ‘The Hymn of the Frozen Lotus’. It was perhaps one of the largest winter ski festivals in France.
Get Tickets for Tomorrowland Winter 2020 The Hymn of the Frozen Lotus
The next TomorrowlandWinter event is scheduled for 14th to 21st March 2020. The line-up is yet to be released, but you can expect the usual top EDM DJs such as Steve Aoki, Afrojack, and Amin van Buuren.
Tickets and registration info is due to be out mid-August, so set up your calendar reminders people! In the meantime, you can watch the official after movie here.
What is the Snowboxx Winter Festival?
Perhaps one of our favourites of all the winter ski festivals in France, Snowboxx is an absolute party on a piste. The Snowboxx music event has been running for about five years in the French resort of Avoriaz. The music genres include drum & bass, jungle, soul, house, tropical, and electronic. Each year, Snowboxx ups the ante, so you can expect snowball fights, skim pools, igloo parties, private DJ sets, and a load of great skiing. Outfits in the past have included retro onesies, animal costumes, and a lot of men in skirts and dresses, so feel free to get expressive.
The Snowboxx 2019 line-up included Rudimental, Jax Jones, Craig David, Abode, Mike Skinner, Rude Kid, Helena Starr, and The Heatwave. We also had the likes of Yungen, Danny Howards, Riton, DJ Luck & MC Neat, plus Crazy P Soundsystem firing up the mountain.
Snowboxx Exclusive Ski Resort Venues
Stepping things up for 2019, Snowboxx’s producers introduced an igloo stage, only accessible by snowcat, where Abode and DJ Wilkinson performed. Meanwhile Mike Skinner played to an exclusive party in a forest. Not bad for a bit of après-ski, eh?
On top of the music, the resort enjoyed insanely good snow conditions and Snowboxx threw a whole host of après-style events. There were bottomless brunches, games, forest raves, igloo parties, and a mammoth amount of dancing and skiing.
Pairing up with our favourite après-kings, La Folie Douce, Snowboxx held many of their parties at LFD’s Avoriaz venue. KISS FM, Crazy P Soundsystem, Ultimate Power Ballads, and Hip Hop Karaoke, along with Happy Mondays’ Bez blasted around La Folie’s open stage. Needless to say the crowds were wild. Check out the 2019 highlights.
How to Book Tickets for Snowboxx 2020
Sign-up on the official Snowboxx website now to pre-register for tickets. Snowboxx took place on 23rd to 30th March this year, so you can probably expect March dates next year too. Tickets for the 2019 festival were around €150 each.
What is the Musilac Festival?
Musilac is a festival held in Chamonix Mont Blanc resort in France. The music genres include indie-rock, Britpop, dance-punk, alternative rock, and acoustic and instrumental rock. Quite different from the likes of Tomorrowland and Snowboxx.
Musilac 2019 took place on 26th to 29th April. The 2019 line-up included Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, Editors, The Foxy Ladies, Eagle Eye Cherry, HF Thiéfaine, Roméo Elvis, and – probably our favourite – Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Management of the Musilac Festival recently changed, so the 2020 festival will be organised by Morgane Events. This may mean the name of the event will change, so we’re keeping our eyes peeled just in case.
Get Tickets for Musilac Winter Festival 2020
If all goes to plan, next years Musilac Festival should see many more international acts and slightly better program management (rumour has it that the field turned to mud following a downpour. Whoops). Nevertheless, we stand confident that for the third edition, Musilac will deliver more great music in what is a truly beautiful part of the world.
This year, tickets were around €150 for a three day pass.
What is Rock the Pistes Winter Music Festival?
Rock the Pistes is a music festival held in Les Portes du Soleil, an area which spans the Alps, and includes 13 ski resorts spread across two countries; France and Switzerland. During the festival, five live concerts take place on ski slopes across the resorts, kicking off at 1:30pm.
28,000 people are expected to attend. There will be over 30 après-ski concerts to enjoy.
The after movie from Rock the Pistes 2019 sets out the vibe nicely; good music, wing suits and parachutes, the odd t-shirt cannon, and a lot of happy people.
Music genres include folk, indie, rock, rock-pop, dance pop, and of course rock. Stages are erected indoors and on piste, so to enjoy the music, don your skis and head off down the mountain.
Previously, the Klaxons, Rag’n’Bone Man, Chinese Man, Caravan Palace, Gaetan Roussel, and Charlie Winston have graced the Portes du Soleil stages.
How to Book Tickets for Rock the Pistes 2020
Rock the Pistes is happening in March 2020. We are waiting on confirmation of the line-up and exact dates. Ski pass prices cover most of the cost of the concerts, which means the festival is effectively free. Visit the website closer to the season to discover more about exclusive ticketed events.
Where is Dutchweek Snowtime Festival Held?
Thinking of heading to Val Thorens this season? A big event to look out for is Dutchweek Snowtime, which takes place in spring. This year saw the 28th edition of winter Dutchweek, in which the Dutch descend at the end of the season to see off the last of the snow. The festival is open to all skiers and boarders, and offers special events for kids, including ski lessons, discos, and winter sports.
Festival hosts Snowtime open up their own après-ski venue in the centre of Val Thorens, dishing out the tunes and booze throughout the week. We’ve already reviewed the Val Thorens après-ski scene and it’s pretty mental. Dutchweek tends to crank things up another notch. Bounce through venues like 360 Bar, Le Monde, Jackie, and Club Le Malaysia to hear DJs play out their sets. Genres played are pop, electronic, and hip-hop. Acts include Bizzey, Walter Kroes, Joel Borelli, Benny Rodriguez, Shermanology, Joel Daniels, Shirak, and Billy the Kit. Check out the 2017 Dutchweek Aftermovie for more info.
How to Get Tickets for Dutchweek Festival in Val Thorens 2020
Tickets for 2020 are currently not available at the time of publishing this post. Eventbrite sold tickets for the 2019 event. Tickets retailed at around €40 to €50 per event at each bar, or around €100 for the full shebang. We’ve got our ear to the ground and will be reporting on dates, prices, and line-ups as soon as we get any info.
Tickets Aren’t Quite Available, But Booking for the 2019/2020 Season Has Begun
Have you booked your 2019/2020 trip yet? Sure, it’s only June but bookings are open for next season and the early bird discounts make some of these ski trips an absolute steal.
You can easily find great deals for winter ski festivals in France. Last year we threw together some ski trips for Snowboxx and Dutchweek fans that included return flights, apartments, transfers, and festival tickets. Our trip builder also lets you add on ski passes, luggage, and ski rental for each person in your group too.
If you prefer, you can build your own ski trip from scratch, in just a few minutes. When everything’s organised, split the costs however you like between your group and wait for the season to roll around.
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